European Regional Development Fund

Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives.

We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.

Between 2011 and 2015, we will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. Government funding is received from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and requirements are laid out in our funding agreement with them.


Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University is fast becoming the leading Midlands-based university for transforming the region and accelerating growth in the local economy. With our commitment to building strong, strategic partnerships across private, public and third sectors we put £270 million into the regional economy and support thousands of jobs in the area.

We drive innovation through interdisciplinary collaborations between industry specialists and our academic expertise, and continue to develop a graduate workforce with the entrepreneurial skills required to achieve success within local, national and global businesses and organisations. With around 24,000 students from 80 countries, Birmingham City University is a large, diverse and increasingly popular place to study. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success.

The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment. We’re investing £260 million in our estate, including a major expansion of our city centre campus at Eastside, providing students with an enviable range of facilities.

Our staff and student community is defined by our core values, which outline who we are as a University and how we will work with each other. Our core values are Excellence, People focused, Partnership working and Fairness and integrity.


Steam House

STEAMhouse is a melting pot of technology, workspace and business support where your ideas meet our expertise. A unique new space for innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration, located in the heart of Birmingham. Powered by Birmingham City University, our free workshops and events allow you to share and develop your ideas with experts from many different backgrounds. Through our ERDF funded programme participants can access co-working and co-making spaces, tech and grants to make your vision a reality.

STEAMhouse has been created in partnership with Eastside Projects, and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Arts Council England. It supports collaborations between arts, science, technology, engineering and maths (STEAM) sectors. STEAMhouse will drive innovation and research to support an interdisciplinary way of thinking to help businesses and individuals to find different and innovative solutions to today’s challenges.



ASTONish was a programme of cultural leadership and creative entrepreneur training and development aimed at emergent and established artists, musicians and creative entrepreneurs in Aston and Newtown who had the ambition and potential to transform both themselves and the sector.  This programme was launched in March 2017 and finished in March 2018.

The programme was funded by Birmingham City Council and Arts Council England, produced by cultural consultants Helga Henry, Lara Ratnaraja and Birmingham Hippodrome in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust.


Rascal Club

Rascal Club is a consumer PR agency with experience in sectors ranging from consumer technology to arts and from education to the third sector. We're passionate about our clients and believe this passion is essential in producing vibrant content and communicating effectively.

In the last couple of years, we've secured coverage everywhere from ITV Daybreak and The Sunday Telegraph to Midlands Today and The Independent.

What's more, Rascal Club is the sister agency of established B2B firm Stone Junction, so we have its network and support to compliment our love for consumer PR and marketing.

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